The homicide of teenagers, Taliek K. Brown, 15, of the 400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard and Mikkaisha D. Smoot, 16, of the 2100 block of Deforrest Street, in the Mosby neighborhood shook the Richmond community. A year later, police are still seeking information to find justice for their families and bring this case to a close.
At approximately 1:21 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of Accommodation Street for a report of random gunfire. Officers arrived and found Brown and Smoot suffering from gunshot wounds. An adult female was also found with an apparent gunshot wound that was not considered life threatening. The two juveniles were transported to a local hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries.
Soon after the tragic murder of the two teenagers, Chief Alfred Durham released the following statement:
“Two of Richmond’s teenagers were struck down, and a third person was injured, during an early morning shooting today – and in any incident where children are involved, it is especially critical to us to provide closure to the families,” said Chief Durham. “The Department is working to not only solve this and every case of violent crime in our neighborhoods but we are working diligently on many fronts to reduce the violence before it happens. We have patrol officers, Focus Mission Team units and the Intervention and Prevention units working around the clock to prevent crime – but we need the public to come forward and provide information before violence breaks out.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Det. K. Hughes at (804) 646-3917 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. . The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.